A hill resort hotel amidst a pine forest
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Parkwoods Hill Resort Shoghi, near Shimla, is a great destination base for bird watching. The verdant, sylvan surroundings in the Himalayan ambience are home to many different species of birds. Some of the birds which can be commonly spotted just outside one's cottage are the White Eared Bulbul, Black Drongo, Spot Winged Tit, Blue Magpie, Kalij Pheasant, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Black Headed Jay and Trumpeter Finch.For more extensive birding, the surrounding forest has many birding trails and nesting sites.
|Many birding enthusiasts regularly visit Parkwoods in different seasons. |
Find below links to a birding report and picture galleries from our guests.
Superb bird pics shot in April at Parkwoods Shoghi, by Dr. Shantun Malhotra of Amritsar. Click on thumbnails to view the bigger pics.
Birding Report by Partha Pratim Pal of Delhi Birders' Club who visited Park Woods Hill Resort in September
Birding by Achal Bindraban at Parkwoods Shoghi (Shimla)
|One August autumn when the hillsides were emerald green and the monsoon clouds were still romantically flirting down in the valleys, I was staying at Parkwoods in Shoghi. I made a friend but as happens in many relationships - the affair was one-sided! When I would be having morning tea at my cottage portico, a Woodpecker would visit the pine tree right in front, everyday, without fail. I always experienced the staccato beat of its beak against the trunk to be amazingly soothing.|
I managed to capture some of the birds through my lens though missed many like the minivets, warblers, babblers and some others which I was unable to identify. The small fairy like green leafbirds were particularly interesting which I saw on the trek down from Tara Devi.
It is fun to meet the birds at Parkwoods. You also frequently get to hear the barking deer - unbelievably, we saw a baby barking deer cross the forest road. We also managed to catch a glimpse of a brown rabbit near the Anji Hilltop where you get to see and hear peacocks as well.
You have to be both lucky and patient besides being an early riser to experience the company of winged friends here at Parkwoods Shoghi (Shimla).
Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Male
|Black Lored Tit|
Scaly Bellied Woodpecker, Male
Black Eagle Adult with Kill
|For somebody getting initiated into birding I couldnot decide what I found more exciting - to be woken up bya cacophony of kalij pheasants outside my tent or glimpsing a red billed blue magpie with its long majestic tail vanishing into the bushes as I took a turn on a birding trail or sighting the ubiquitous black drongo. How I wish that I could also sight the elusive monal and western tragopan. Having recently got a 10x42 Nikon binocs, I just cannot wait for my next birding trip to Park Woods Shoghi. Ranjana.|
Birding List at ParkwoodsShoghi (This list has been generated by a local naturalist)
~ Grey And Yellow
~ Pied Fly Catcher
~ Tree Sparrow
Birding Report by Partha Pratim Pal (Delhi Birders' Club)- Parkwoods visit in September
Shoghi is small town on the way to Shimla – the most famous and most popular hill station of India. In contrast, very few people know about Shoghi though it is just 18 kms before Shimla.
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